Today marks the first year death anniversary of a dear friend, Cholo Gino. He is a colleague, a choral conductor, a musician, a great teacher and a friend. When he died last year, I could not help but think of him seeing God face to face. I wish he could come back here and tell me how it is to see the face of God. Truly mind-boggling!
Max Lucado in his book, Experiencing the heart of Jesus, says that when we die, we are but SEEDS ‘planted’ in this earth and that what we manifest will be ‘still the seed’ but in a renewed form as said by Paul to the Corinthians:
35But someone may ask, “How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have?” 36Foolish person! When you sow a seed, it must die in the ground before it can live and grow. 37And when you sow it, it does not have the same “body” it will have later. What you sow is only a bare seed, maybe wheat or something else. 38But God gives it a body that he has planned for it, and God gives each kind of seed its own body.
1 Cor. 15:35-38 NLT
Just from that verse, I could think of some things about the death of Kuya Cholo:
- he is in heaven
- he is in a better state
- he has a better body (Kuya Cholo is really big, I tell you)
- what he is now can not come without his death on the ‘ground’
- his death on the ‘ground’ will not happen if he did not cultivate and plant his seed in Christ
- he forever lives because of that
Yes, I miss him. There’s actually an upcoming event, a friend’s recital that hopefully (yes! hopefully) this person chooses me to conduct the composition. I would love to dedicate that to Kuya Cholo who, through me just observing and watching him through the years, taught me a lot in music. Well, he is in a better place and I reiterate, FACE to FACE with God–that’s really mind-boggling!
10but it is now shown to us by the coming of our Savior Christ Jesus. He destroyed death, and through the Good News he showed us the way to have life that cannot be destroyed.
2 Tim. 1:10
in memory of a friend….
- Our Resurrected Bodies (pastorht.wordpress.com)
- As you sow so shall you reap (sajeevkmenon.wordpress.com)